Two Teens Smuggle AK-47s into Mexico by Taping them to Their Bodies

This past Monday, two Arizona teens were sentenced to federal prison for attempting to smuggle AK-47-style rifles into Mexico. While the drive and motivation displayed by these young, 19-year-old entrepreneurs – Manuel De Jesus Guzman of Rio Rico and Joshua Francisco Mendez of Tucson – is impressive, it’s the smuggling method that they employed that deserves attention. The teens were arrested in June 2022 after they tried to leave the United States through the pedestrian gate at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. Customs and Border Protection officers found four AK-47-style rifles taped to their bodies during a search at a secondary inspection.

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